Discussion Groups

Titles are available at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome to any group. Registration is not required, unless noted.

Page Turners

1st Tuesday* of the Month at 1pm (*unless otherwise noted)
This lively discussion group typically meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of non-fiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]

This year’s theme is “Armchair Adventures!”: Travel the world, into alternate realities, back in time, into the future, and into worlds not yet created–all from the comfort of your favorite reading spot.

  • November 5, 2019: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (416 p., 2015)
  • December 3, 2019: Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson (NF, 380p., 2015)
  • January 7, 2020: The Forever War by Joe W. Haldeman (264 p., 2009)
  • February 4, 2020: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (400 p., 2008)
  • March 3, 2020: The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy (NF, 229 p., 2017)
  • April 7, 2020: Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhader (360 p., 2018)
  • May 5, 2020: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (325 p., 2013)
  • June 2, 2020: Afternoon Tea and Book Swap (location TBD)


Insatiable Readers

2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Spend an enjoyable evening at the Norfolk Public Library with people who share similar interests and are passionate about reading. Formerly the History Book Discussion Group, this participant-run adult discussion group focuses on non-fiction selections, with some historical fiction titles thrown in, that are of both historical and contemporary interest. New members are always welcome to attend. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion.

This group typically meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. This group runs September through June.

For more information contact: Jane Hoffman, [email protected]


Great Decisions

3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is designed to bring millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate and learn about compelling issues of the day. Prepare for the discussion by viewing a short video, reading a few brief articles, then discussing and debating timely national and international issues.

For more information contact: Ralphael Maliakal        [email protected]

The new 2019 Great Decisions book is available at the circulation desk.


Read It and Eat It

Every 6 weeks at 7pm. Registration is required. Please check the calendar for specific dates. 
Join others who share a passion for cookbooks to discuss and sample the fares of some of today’s more celebrated cookbook titles. Although bringing a prepared dish is not required, it is encouraged. Check the event calendar for specific dates. Titles will be available at the circulation desk weeks ahead of the meeting. For more information contact Sarah Ward, [email protected]

October 24: Asian Dishes

December 5: Brunch Dishes

January 16: Theme/Chef TBD

February 27: Theme/Chef TBD

April 9: Theme/Chef TBD

June 4: Throwdown Event (To register you must have attended at least four regular meetings)


Taste of Poetry

1st Tuesday* of the month at 11:30am (*Unless otherwise noted)
Bring your lunch and an appetite for poetry. Each month we look at a few poems by a well-known poet. We provide copies of the poems – no need to read anything in advance – and lead a discussion after reading them. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]

2019-2020 Poets:

  • November 5, 2019: Mark Doty
  • December 3, 2019: T. S. Eliot
  • January 7, 2020: Marge Piercy
  • February 4, 2020: Julia Alvarez
  • March 3, 2020: Matthew Arnold
  • April 7, 2020: Robert Browning
  • May 5, 2020: Dorothy Parker
  • June 2, 2020: Langston Hughes


YA Book Club for Adults

Are you an adult who still enjoys the drama and angst of teenage life?  Then this book club is for you! Join fellow YA lovers at a local restaurant on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss young adult literature. Registration is required, click on the date to register. Please note this group does not meet at the library! For more information please contact Libby O’Neill, [email protected].

Location: Eagle Brook Saloon, 258 Dedham St.
While the library can provide the books, your drinks and food are on you!

November 6th: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

**There will be no December meeting.


NPL/COA Book Group

3rd Tuesday of the month at the Senior Center (28 Medway Branch), 2-3pm

Registration is required either through the Library or the COA.

November 19th: Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Future titles will be discussed with participants at this first meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: This program will be held at the Norfolk Senior Center (28 Medway Branch)


Killer Reads: A True Crime Book Group

2nd Monday of the month beginning in January 2020, 7pm in the schoolhouse, registration is required. 

A book group for lovers of the true crime genre. Each month we will read and discuss a different title. Copies of each month’s book will be available at the circulation desk. 

January 13: Mindhunter by John Douglas

February 10: Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

March 9: Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

April 13: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

May 11: The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas

June 8: American Predator by Maureen Callahan

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